Firm hits five-year partner promotion record

One major firm has promoted the largest number of partners in five years.

Twelve lawyers have been promoted to the King & Wood Mallesons Australian partnership, the largest number of partner promotions in five years.

The promotions are across key growth areas for the firm, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, M&A/Private Equity and Projects & Real Estate.

“The fact that we are able to make this investment signals the strong position of the firm,” said King & Wood Mallesons chief executive partner Australia Sue Kench.

“We are focussed on growth and ensuring we have the capability in core areas where we see the biggest opportunities for our clients now and into the future – both in Australia and offshore.”

Jo Dodd, John Eagleton and Elizabeth Hundt Russell have been appointed in the Banking & Finance Sydney team.  Chris Dynon joins the Banking & Finance partnership in Melbourne.

Shannon Etwell in Brisbane and Emily Masters in Melbourne join the firm’s Projects & Real Estate partnership, along with Sydney appointments Rebecca Finkelstein and Rod Smythe.

In M&A/ Private Equity, Matthew Coull and Henrik Moritz have been appointed in Sydney, as well as Annabel Griffin in Canberra.
James Wang has been appointed to partner in the Perth Dispute Resolution team.

“These partners represent the next generation of leaders of our firm,” said Australia chairman Stephen Minns.

“In addition to their technical and commercial skills they have deep sectoral knowledge and well-established client relationships that will help drive KWM’s next phase of growth.

“We congratulate them on this significant milestone in their careers and wish them every success in their new roles.”

The promotions are effective from 1 July.

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